Woodland Hills Academy is a school that believes in being GREAT in all facets of education including music. Students at the Academy have the opportunity to learn to play a variety of Wind, String, and Percussion instruments within the instrumental music program. Beginning Band, Beginning Orchestra, Intermediate Band, Intermediate Orchestra, 7/8 Band, and 7/8 Orchestra are all of the many instrumental ensembles that are under the direction of Mr. Shaw.
Mr. Shaw, a graduate of Kittanning High School (now Armstrong High School), received his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Grove City College with a concentration in conducting and trombone performance. Once Mr. Shaw received his Bachelors degree, he was employed as the Director of Bands at Punxsutawney Area High School. Mr. Shaw later accepted a position at Woodland Hills School District and has taught a variety of different grade levels and musical concentrations at Dickson Elementary, Edgewood Elementary, Fairless Elementary, and the Rankin Promise Program. Mr. Shaw later received his Masters in Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As stated above, Mr. Shaw is now currently teaching all instrumental music, including band and orchestra, at the Woodland Hills Academy. Mr. Shaw also serves as the Assistant Director of the Woodland Hills High School Marching Band and Images Ensemble.
Performance and Participation Points:
Students may receive a maximum of 10 performance points per class as well as 10 participation points per class for proper participation and performance of all musical activities. Students are evaluated on their proper performance within the ensemble based on their growth according to the National Music Standards Rubric. The rubric score is then converted to a score out of 10 for their performance grade. Students are evaluated on their proper participation by the Woodland Hills Music Department Ensemble Ettiquette rubric. The rubric is based primarly on the 5P system that is employed in all the schools across the district.
There will also be additional individual performance assesments throughout the year that will test the students' mastery according to the National Music Standards Rubric. The maximum score a student may receive on these assessments is 100 points.
Students are also assessed based on their performance and attendance at the Winter and Spring Concerts. Given that this is a performance ensemble, the performances carry the largest grade of all of the different assessments. The students may receive a maximum of 500 points for attending and performing in each of the semester concerts. Students will be deducted one grade level for any and all of the following reasons: failure to bring instrument and music, failure to wear appropriate attire, failure to follow the Ensemble Ettiquette procedures, failure to perform at the minimum mastery level of the National Music Standards Rubric. The only absences that will be excused for these performances are: absence from school the day of the concert, doctor's excuse for illness or injury, or death of an immediate family member. Student's must provide a parent note explaining the reason for any absence from an ensemble's concert. Failure to do so will result in a score of 0.
All of these scores are totaled and divided by the total possible score in order to establish the student's final grade for the 9 weeks.
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